Shopping for a project car can be a very different experience from looking to buy basic transportation. The car’s strengths should match your goals, unless you want the extra challenge of making a car do something that goes against conventional wisdom. For example, building a V8-powered Chevy Nova for brutally fast acceleration is relatively straightforward. Making it handle somewhat better than stock is also reasonable. Trying to make the Nova handle like a race-prepared Miata or to make a four-cylinder early Nova run fast without an engine swap would be extremely difficult.